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Days off this weekend

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    joannek is offline Registered User
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    there's a history for stats holiday & general holidays:

    - stats holiday are called labour holiday in cantonese. so they're made for labors, who worked as factory workers, construction workers, shops, markets. in the old days, most ppl in hk worked at factories.

    -general holidays used to be called bank holidays.

    generally, offices & the govt follow bank holidays because a lot of their work involved the bank. whereas, the factories have to provide for the other things:shops, markets, constructions, etc so they need to work 6 full days a week (instead of 5.5 days a week like the banks)

    while the labor seem to have less holidays (very unfair!), but they get 15 days of holiday every year at chinese new year, when the factory labors go back home, and all the factories closed (which was mainland china). that's why in the old days, nothing opened during the first 3 days of CNY, and a lot of shops were closed until the 7th day or the 15th day of CNY. cos most of them had to "faan heung ha" (went back to their origin homes)

    with the overseas DH, it got very complicated cos they originally were hired as "workers" (labour).

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    joannek is offline Registered User
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    also, this mght clarify it a bit more:

    banks, office, govt offices - white collar
    factory workers, construction workers, domestic helpers - blue collar

    that's how we were taught when we were at school in hk. (this doens't mean i agree with the system or not. i'm just stating what i know)

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